Safety Plans

As part of BC’s Restart Plan, employers are required to develop and maintain safety plans. This includes post-secondary institutions.

These COVID-19 safety plans outline the policies, guidelines and procedures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. They follow the six steps outlined by WorkSafe BC.

This information forms our institutional plan, which identifies the protocols everyone at TRU must follow to keep our university community safe. This includes the requirements for safety plans for all campus units.

In accordance with WorkSafe BC, all units and researchers approved to resume on-campus activities (via the provost/vice-president Administration and Finance) are required to have an approved COVID-19 safety plan in place and complete all required training.

Summer term safety plans

New or updated safety plans for summer semester are only required:

  • For a new course/program not previously offered in the fall or winter semester (i.e. is not a continuation of a previous course)
  • An approved safety plan is in place but
    • the type(s) of activities will change, and/or
    • the number of people working in the area will increase, or
    • a different space, that is not currently listed in the safety plan, will be used.

Summer term safety plans were due to osem@tru.ca by Friday, April 9, 2021.

Types of safety plans

Updated safety plan templates and processes have been created for the following areas. If you are not sure of which plan to use, please contact osem@tru.ca for clarification.

Process to create a safety plan

  • Safety plans are created by managers and deans in consultation with their staff.
  • Send a draft to osem@tru.ca for review.
  • OSEM reviews and provides any necessary feedback/revisions to the submitter. Once all items are addressed and revisions made (by the person who submitted) OSEM will sign the document and send a PDF version to the dean/director.
  • Dean/director reviews, approves and signs off digitally, then returns osem@tru.ca.
  • OSEM forwards safety plan to the provost / vice-president Administration and Finance for review and approval.
  • OSEM returns fully approved safety plan to the dean/director for their records and to review with their team.
  • OSEM retains a copy and posts to OneTRU.
  • All staff will require training on the safety plan so that they are aware of its contents. A record of this training is to be kept by the dean or manager.
  • All staff are required to complete the additional training requirements as noted in the Training section.

Process to change a safety plan

Our safety plans were designed to be updated as regulations and directives from public agencies revise or as your needs change. To make a change:

  • Send a request to osem@tru.ca with the name of the plan you wish to change.
  • OSEM will send you the Word version of your approved plan.
  • Make changes using the track changes function and return to OSEM.
  • OSEM staff will conduct a review and provide you with an updated approved version.

Units that continue to work on campus do not have to update their existing plan unless their operations have changed.

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